It is hard to escape what is going on in the world right now, so I decided to create a monster to address the topic of isolation.
The monster is exceptionally hairy, symbolising our inability to go out and do things we have once taken for granted- barbers, salons, hairdressers.
The monsters shadow represents a dark version of ourselves, resulting from endless time spent alone with our own thoughts. The part of ourselves that questions our abilities, capabilities and whether we are worthy of love. The monsters shadow symbolises the darkness that isolation can bring, the shadowy place where isolation can take us. This shadow also represents other mental illnesses that may become more prominent or difficult to handle in isolation.
The cog wheels represent continuously feeling like we have to be productive with all this new ‘free’ time. I have spoken to a few friends that feel guilty if they watch TV, read books, or have downtime because we have placed pressure on ourselves to continuously do more. This pressure becomes exhausting, which is shown using isolation's eyes. This exhaustion also comes from a lack of routine, lack of sleep, oversleeping etc.
The exclamation marks and question marks represent the unknown. They represent the confusion, the worry about what may happen next. Are we going to survive? Will we lose our jobs? When can we see our families, friends, neighbours? Can I cope?
The timers are blue and yellow to represent the days turning to nights. They symbolise counting down to dates of lifted restrictions, counting down to the reunion with friends, family. The constant countdown removes us from the present, where we end up essentially wish our lives away.
Finally, the mask reminds us all to take precautions and to stay safe if we do go out for essential travel. Isolation makes it easier to shut off from the outside world, so please keep checking in on your friends, family, neighbours.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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Thank you so much for your support,
Wear your monsters, don't let them wear you.